Patch Check Advanced

20100514-01 Free To Use But Restricted
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Patch Check Advanced (pca) generates lists of missing and installed patches for Sun Solaris systems.





Patch Check Advanced (pca) generates lists of missing and installed patches for Sun Solaris systems and optionally downloads patches. It resolves dependencies between patches and installs them in correct order. It can be the only tool you ever need for patch management on a single machine or a complete network. Just one perl script, it doesn't need compilation nor installation, and it doesn't need root permissions to run. It works on all versions of Solaris, both SPARC and x86.

Sun has offered various tools in the past for patch analysis and management, e.g. PatchDiag, PatchCheck, PatchPro, smpatch, Sun Update Connection (see the Sun Patch Portal for details). Some of them are not actively maintained, some are huge and opaque, some don't run on older Solaris releases or stripped-down machines, some require complicated installation and registration procedures. None of them really made me happy - I didn't want to accept that patch management has to be that cumbersome.

So I started to implement my own tool, which was published first in 2003. It got (and still gets!) refined and enhanced, supported by the feedback and contributions of its users. Without exaggeration, pca now is the best patch tool for Sun Solaris. See what others say about pca.

A lot of care is taken to guarantee that pca doesn't omit patches which might apply to a system. This is the most important design principle. I'm manually checking that it's fulfilled on a daily basis.

Usage of pca is free of charge for private, educational and commercial use. No responsiblity is taken for any damage caused by using pca. You may modify pca's source code to fit your local needs. If sharing modified versions of pca with others, keep a reference to the original author and distribution site.

Commercial distribution of either the original or modified versions of pca or including pca into commercial products is only allowed if explicitly permitted by the original author.
Last updated on May 15th, 2010
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